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Playing for Pizza
Playing for Pizza
Author: John Grisham
During an AFC Championship game, Rick Dockery, third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, provides what is arguably the worst performance in the history of the NFL. When he is subsequently cut by the Browns and shunned by all the other teams in the league, it seems his life in football is over. But then he receives an offer of a job for...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440296829
ISBN-10: 044029682X
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 308
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
Football, Italy, and lack of a plotline - this can't be a John Grisham novel. "Playing for Pizza" is a disappointing departure from his usual well-written legal dramas. There were many personal relationships and sub-plots that could have been developed in this story, but weren't.

The book might be interesting to people who enjoy the blow-by-blow details of a football game, but did not hold my attention. I found myself skipping pages at a time, as he described football plays in excruciating detail. I'm very disappointed.
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Helpful Score: 10
What I liked about this book is that I've never read anything like it. Although the characterization doesn't go much deeper than cliched stereotypes, the story of a humiliated underdog finding his place in the world is a fun read.
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Helpful Score: 10
Not your normal Grishman novel but good none the less. Difficult to describe to someone else but I found myself seeing the world through the main characters eyes. How he had a life all planned out and it didn't quite work the way he expected, so he took a detour and found a whole new life. A nice Sunday afternoon read.
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Helpful Score: 8
I guess even successful authors like John Grisham like to take a break from the genre that they're known for and try a different direction. In this case, I think the excursion was a great success.

I really enjoyed this tale of a football player who rediscovers himself when he leaves the US to continue playing the game he loves.
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Helpful Score: 7
If you liked "A Painted House" and "Bleachers" (and I did), you will like this too. Laid back, easy reading, Grisham manages to give his main character depth without too much detail. Great reading for a plane flight; just long enough to kill a few hours.
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Guy gets job playing football in Italy. There. That sentence is all you need to know and is as exciting as actually reading this book.